For example, the President of the European Commission (EC), Jean-Claude Juncker, without hiding his relationship, called Merkel “a work of art” and a person worthy of respect. After that, he told the German media that he saw her further political prospects. He is confident that Merkel may head the EC (EU government). It’s hard for Juncker to imagine that such an experienced politician as Merkel “disappears without a trace”.
It should be noted that the former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, in October 2018, admitted that Merkel could leave the post of Chancellor of Germany in May 2019. Whether this forecast will come true, we will soon find out. Although, to be honest, this is very doubtful. Since Merkel, by all means, wants to complete and launch Nord Stream 2. This is important for her, because Germany really needs gas, which is rebuilding its industry and energy.
As for the interests of Russia, it would be much more beneficial for it if Merkel, after leaving the post of Chancellor of Germany, became the chairman of the European Council (the highest political body of the European Union). In this important post, from 2014 to today, there is an outspoken Russophobe and great friend of the United States Donald Tusk, former Prime Minister of Poland.